Under pressure science opens up

Like society, science is under the spell of the COVID-19 pandemic. At the end of 2019 the virus was still unknown ground, however since the beginning of 2020 research on the behaviour of the virus, treatment for COVID-19 and the development of a vaccine has increased enormously. We observe a…

WUR Data Champions Katharina Hanika & Eliana Papoutsoglou: actively promoting good data management practices

Have you ever watched the short story on the panda bear that would like to use data from her colleague? If not, check out the 4-minute ‘data management horror story’ made by the NYU Health Sciences Library here. A personal experience comparable to the panda story triggered PhD candidates Katharina…

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Wageningen Economic Research: secure data storing and sharing

The data champions interviewed so far all show different practices – and different strengths – when it comes to the four aspects of WUR’s new data policy: planning, storing, archiving, and registering. The data champion of this blog post, Jos van den Puttelaar from Wageningen Economic Research, is doing especially…

Data Champion ISRIC: “Harmonizing world soil information”

ISRIC, the international centre for world soil information, is a pioneer when it comes to Data Management. ISRIC has worked on compiling and harmonising data on soils for over 50 years. It makes the data available in a FAIR manner and supports open data where possible. ISRIC is therefore a…

Breeding and Genomics: WUR Data Champion in storing data on the genomes of 200,000 cows

For this blog post we interviewed Prof. Roel Veerkamp, of Breeding and Genomics of Wageningen University & Research. The department analyses the genomes and phenotypes of animals to improve animal breeding and our understanding of genetic variation. Genomes are the complete set of genes or genetic material present in a…

WUR Data Champions: Plant Developmental Systems

Last Summer Wageningen University & Research decided on  new Research Data Management (RDM) regulations. In a series of blogs we will describe some best practices RDM from within WUR: Our WUR data champions. In the blog posts we will indicate how the use case does or doesn’t meet the new regulations. We…

Documenting your research data along the way: tips and tools

It happens all too often: researchers fail to use data collected by themselves or by others due to a lack of documentation. Documentation refers to information about your research data. It is meant to make your data understandable – to others who might want to reuse it, but also to…